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    Laying Porcelain Paver on Concrete Slab

    Evening all, Need a little help / advice. I decided month back...last October that the best way to lay my new patio with porcelain paver was tile adhesive on a concrete slab. I was working on a 1:60 - 1:80 fall. Aco drain installed etc..The area is about 35m2...first time I've laid this size...
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    Stepped Cavity Tray & Lead Flashing Position

    My mates a roofer, he's old school and says to me that some of the ways lead is installed, it guarantees, the lead to fatigue and fail as it expands and contracts......I can't argue with his I have no idea. I used lead free flashing to try it...he was not impressed. Ant
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    Stepped Cavity Tray & Lead Flashing Position

    Evening all, Just a quick question, installed stepped cavity trays in the existing wall above single story extension roof. Does the lead flashing installed under the cavity tray extend the full length of the tray? The full length is about 330 - 340mm long and my lead is 300mm wide.....just...
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    Concrete Ring Manhole Removal

    It never had one...i found it under soil of my garden, while scraping soil off I nearly ended up down it. When lids off I'll take a pic....but it is just a normal polypipe tray in the bottom, nothing special.....thought it was main sewer or summat but its just the house pipes. Ant
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    Concrete Ring Manhole Removal

    Good idea....i could lift enough to get a few scaffold poles under....and roll it off, then chop it up into moveable bits.
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    Concrete Ring Manhole Removal

    Can't get a 3 tonner in....that would have smashed the problem
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    Concrete Ring Manhole Removal

    Its foul water....I've secured the steel plate on temporary because when it was found it just had a loose steel manhole lid...yep not fixed...not safe. I have two young children and was worried one would end up in it. Our house and two neighbours go through it....mad thing is there is another...
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    Concrete Ring Manhole Removal

    Morning all, I have a nightmare problem, our garden and always been a slight gradient from the back of the house to the fence. I decided that I'd had enough of the wasted garden and had a structural engineer define a retaining wall. While we have all been on lockdown I decided to begin to dig...
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    Plasterboarding over PIR insulation

    I'm after some advice, I have a job that I need to fix plasterboard over PIR insulation boards.....can i stick plasterboard directly onto the surface of the PIR insulation (celotex) board? I then have another instance that the board needs to stand off insulation 10 / 20mm but on a taper as the...
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    Water tight underground chamber

    I have armoured cable going towards it; but I suppose I could run the low voltage back towards the shed in some conduit. With regards sealing the box I'd use the appropriate IP rated glands. Ant
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    Water tight underground chamber

    There is nowhere to put the box? What was your thoughts? Ant
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    Water tight underground chamber

    I'm installing some of the small 12v led marker lights up some steps in the garden. The problem I have is the transformer is a plug, but must be kept in doors. Has anyone used a box or junction box that I could bury in the surface of the garden that is water tight that I could install the power...
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    Copper pipe protection and dot and dab plasterboard

    I'm in the process of replacing a radiator and wondered what the best method of sleeving, protecting, covering the pipework that I have channelled out of the plasterboard. Currently when the heating comes on all the downstairs rad pipework from the ceiling level does this constant clicking...
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    Porch Foundation Cross Section

    Just going on from this one, a little more detail would be a great help. Like I mentioned before where I want to create the porch I already have walls at each side and a roof above. I guess I am best to dig down the the depth of the original foundation, pour concrete slab upto the...
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    New rad install and fixing pipes.

    Hi all, I am about to install / move a rad, but from when we move into the house over a year ago the pipework to the rads downstairs make a clicking / tapping noise. The pipework comes down the walls behind dot and dab plaster boarding. I've read a bit about this around the noise is likely...
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    Porch Foundation Cross Section

    Thanks for that....what about the makeup of the slab? How much hardcore, insulation, damp proof concrete? And in what order? Cheers Ant
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    Porch Foundation Cross Section

    Does anyone know where I can find a typical foundation cross section that I can follow to build a small porch slab. The walls are already part of the house, all I need to do is dig down and hardcore it, insulate, damp proof and then slab. A good cross section would be great with typical...
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    Retaining Wall

    Please send an example it well worth knowing for the future. I did some level checks the other night wall needs too be 900mm high and the ground is clay. When I dig I can hardly shovel it cause it comes out in big lumps. I have to hand ball into the wheel barrow! I really like the gabion idea...
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    Retaining Wall

    There really impressive! I like the idea. What's behind the fence? Did you have a structural engineer design it? Ant
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    Retaining Wall

    How do I actually calculate what is required.......it seems like a bit of guess work but there must be a simple calculation that allows me to design a wall that is actually suitable. I'm a mechanical engineer by trade and understand the principles, but how do I come up with an exact number I...
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